The beautiful and evocative sculpture of Il Sonno (Sleep, c. 1635), in the Galleria Borghese, is by Alessandro Algardi (1598-1654), a sculptor who deserves to be much better known.
Sleep takes the form of a languorous young boy. There are opium poppies entwined in his hair and more lie by his left hand. The black marble reinforces the theme of the sculpture.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
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